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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    that is interesting
    by any chance do you have a copy of the article? as i cannot find it online
    thanks
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    Re: Split of a Colony

    how about doing the split just before sunset with the new hive entrance blocked and only opened once it is dark!?
    would that solve the issue?
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    Split of a Colony

    I had a colony and split it into 2, I left 5 frames in the original hive and moved 6 frames with the queen to a new hive just 2 meters away
    I checked 2 days later and i noticed that almost all the...
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    Re: Langstroth hive - supers in brood chambers

    @Michael Bush

    thanks for your comprehensive reply
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    Re: Langstroth hive - supers in brood chambers

    thanks for your reply - yes that is what i meant - basically i am considering this for the same reason you indicated (to have all equipment interchangeable)

    do you have problems when extracting...
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    Langstroth hive - supers in brood chambers

    is there anyone who has a Langstroth hive and has all the supers as deep? (supers same size as the brood)
    pros and cons?
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    The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    When I started beekeeping in August 2013, I was giving the bees frames with foundation, however they were reluctant in drawing new frames. Thus, in order to encourage them, I've used to place a...
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    Re: water spray vs smoker

    LOL i was not referring to the bees but to the full time beekeepers who are exposed to smoke on daily basis
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    Re: water spray vs smoker

    welll, smoke can cause cancer
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    water spray vs smoker

    Today I have tried for the first time using a water spray (no sugar, just water) instead of a smoker and it worked perfectly
    anyone else who is using water spray instead of smoker?
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    Foundationless Frame Turned into Drones Comb

    Last week I added some foundationless frames to a hive for the bees to draw comb - they build one of the frames with around 70% drone comb
    what does this mean? why so much? i have never observed...
  12. Thread: swarm cells

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    Re: swarm cells

    i am in malta south europe and not in the usa :D
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    Re: swarm cells

    thanks
    so if i am getting it correctly, usually supersedure cells are low in numbers whereas swarm cells are high
    also my book says that supersedure cells are on the first 2/3 of the frame and...
  14. Thread: swarm cells

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    Re: swarm cells

    i found 2 capped queen cells in the middle of the frame
    so if they are supersedure cells they want to change the queen?
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    swarm cells

    late last year I have installed a new nucleus and now it is 8 frames large - to my surprise today, i noticed queen cells fully capped and the queen is still present.
    is this normal? they still have...
  16. Thread: Queen Balling

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    Re: Queen Balling

    last week, I moved the last 2 frames that were still not drawn to the middle, hoping that they would draw it - however today, 1 week after i noticed that they didnt work on it and thus i had removed...
  17. Thread: Queen Balling

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    Queen Balling

    Today I was inspecting my hive that I started up from a nucleus last year and I've noticed that the worker bees were "balling" the queen - one of the bees had literally gripped to one of the legs of...
  18. Re: EPA Approves Another Pesticide Highly Toxic to Bees.

    the ban just started
    so it will take time till a new evaluation is made
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    1 vs 2 Brood Chambers?

    I have a british standard hive with 11 frames in each chamber. I would like to know what is the general practice regarding the number of brood chambers, just 1 or 2?

    I did some calculations and...
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    Re: Brood Left Unattended - Any Suggestions?

    correct :D
    here almost everything is blooming
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    Re: Brood Left Unattended - Any Suggestions?

    no - Malta in Europe, Mediterranean region - here it is already 17C during the day
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    Re: Brood Left Unattended - Any Suggestions?

    thanks - i didnt know this!
    I always believed that it would trigger a war :D
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    Re: Brood Left Unattended - Any Suggestions?

    90% of the brood was sealed
    the temp during the night was 9C and during the day 17C - stayed with no nursing bees for around 15hrs
    do you think it will make it?
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    Brood Left Unattended - Any Suggestions?

    I had a weak colony and wanted to add some more bees to it - so it took 2 frames full of bees and brood and added them to the weak colony using the newspaper method

    in just 24hours they merged...
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    Queen Bee Changes Size in Winter?

    in winter when the egg laying rate is slow - does the queen bee get smaller in size?
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